The wait is finally over… WE are back in the ATL with the Braxton brood!
Trina and Traci have been hitting the gym hardcore while #BFV has been on hiatus, and they’re looking fierce! Despite the drama that is going on, Traci is more concerned about Kevin Jr. and how he is coping. BFVQuote: “Just thinking about it is making me hotter than a jalapeno’s coochie.” Trina has decided to file for divorce, focusing her time on being a better “Trina” (and losing some lbs.) rather than a better “anything else.” While Trina likes her new “thickerization” and her curves, she is not a fan of the FACA (fat-above-coochie-area). BFVQuote: “Well then faca your FACA… Fac-er it all.” Oh Traci, WE’ve missed you…
Trina and Traci join WE tv (and yours truly!) at Essence Fest in New Orleans to meet the thousands of die-hard fans… and to have a little fun, of course! The sisters are extremely nervous about addressing any questions about Gabe and Kevin. BFVQuote: “I need to take some nerve pills because y’all know my nerves are shot to shingles!” Trina tries to draw attention to Traci’s snatched figure, but unfortunately that does not stop Uptown Angela! WE’ll admit… it was a little uncomfortable out there, but at least Trina has Traci’s back.
Tamar is in Atlanta promoting her album at “For Sisters Only”. Tamar is really on her promotional grind, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. BFVQuote: “I think everything is the way it’s supposed to be.” After this, Tamar stops to have a meet and greet with her fans and then races back to the hotel to have a recording session with TC. Tamar wants her Christmas album to be quintessential “Carpenter”, but it would help if TC actually knew what that meant. BFVQuote: “So all you know is Kandi and Kim Burrell. Is that your reference?” Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait to hear all the goodness being recording because Tay Tay’s “Winter Loversland” is already available on iTunes!
Trina and Traci hit the town (and the bar) to get their drink on. In the midst of sisterly conversation, a new “friend”, Rodney, is eager to join the group especially after hearing Trina is on the market. BFVQuote: “The only thing I want to hit on me is these drinks cuz I’m gonna make love to them tonight!” In true Bourbon Street fun, the new trio partake in numerous NOLA activities like riding a mechanical bull and throwing beads to eager party-goers who apparently won’t show the goods to earn anything but Traray’s frustrations.
Once back from New Orleans, Traci thinks it’s time to talk to Towanda about Kevin’s rumored illegitimate child and the effect it has had on Kevin Jr. While Mama E. is helping calm Traci down, Towanda is just sitting there silent! WE don’t even know what sense to make out of these facial expressions!
Traci isn’t the only one getting to the bottom of family drama. Trina meets up with Gabe at a more remote location to hopefully sort out their impending marital status. Gabe seems to be already on his way to tipsy, so he is quick to jump at Trina for mentioning any concern for the Braxton family. Gabe doesn’t want a divorce. BFVQuote: “Even with you filing for divorce I still don’t give up. I just don’t. I don’t think ‘Trina and Gabe’ is done. Maybe I’m the fool. But it’s ok… I’ll be the fool.”
The sisters fight traffic with a police escort to get back to the convention center for the sisterhood panel at Essence. MMQuote: “So we’ve been on this roller coaster ride, I get them on stage, and now we can breathe.” The panel is hosted by the fabulous Michelle Williams (who is also our favorite hairstylist, Kim Kimble’s client), and the sisters jump right in by sharing their sister beef! MMQuote: “We go hard, but we apologize big.” The sisters have a great time on the panel, but compared to the crowd of 90,000 they will be performing for on Sunday this ain’t no thing! MMQuote: “Ain’t that alright?”
MMQuote: “You never pull an artist from a performance while they’re in the building.” Warryn feels like he needs to have a serious discussion with Mitchell about him pulling the girls from their charity performance. Is it just us, or is Warryn more visibly involved this season? WE can’t get used to it!
Tina and Erica head to rehearsal to get everything right for their huge Essence performance. MMQuote: “Performing on the main stage after trying to get here for so many years, we gotta be good. Better than good. We gotta be leaving our souls on the stage.” But, when Tina starts to sit down in rehearsal everyone starts to get a little concerned. Then Micromanager Tina comes out, and starts drilling the background singers hard. MMQuote: “Me? I want to focus on me because even if they mess up, I want to make sure that I don’t.” Erica looks like she is about to lose her patience, and she can’t help but explain that frustration to Tina. MMQuote: “The last thing we need right now is an argument.” The sisters take the conversation to a private place so they can talk about it further, but neither sister understands each other’s point. MMQuote: “We have wasted enough time.”
After that exhausting rehearsal, the Marys are glammed up and ready to receive their Lifetime Achievement Award from Essence. MMQuote: “I am too excited!” Many well known gospel stars have come together to honor Mary Mary, and it is truly an amazing event. However, Tina gets off stage to deal with an inconsolable son back home in L.A.. MMQuote: “I know Tina is a mom first, but to leave during a tribute to take a phone call that was about death or someone falling in the pool? Who does that? Who does that? Tina does that, obviously.” The sisters are speechless and so grateful for this honor, and having such well respected members of the gospel music community honor them is far beyond anything they could have imagined. MMQuote: “You took everything I was and made me what I am.” It is truly a humbling experience for Tina and Erica, and they do not forget to thank those who have gotten them to this point.
The day of the biggest performance of Mary Mary’s career is finally here! MMQuote: “God, this is a huge facility.” The sisters only have 30 minutes for their sound check, but the sisters are faced with some issues as soon as they start practicing their opening. With the time it is taking the sisters to work out their entrance, they are left with little time to have a proper sound check. MMQuote: “I’m pregnant, I’m hormonal, I’m not 100% myself, and I’m not getting over the fact that this is not going the way I would like to as quick as Erica is so she’s frustrated.” The sisters are kicked off after 45 minutes, and unfortunately did not have enough time to practice each one of the songs being performed. MMQuote: “If we’re not incredible on this stage tonight, they won’t invite another gospel music act back.” To make matters worse, Warryn is looking for “clarity” on yesterday’s charity performance mishap now. Warryn, could you have waited until you got back to the hotel or at least until you were in the car service back to the hotel? At this point, WE can’t tell who is overstepping the line and who has a right to call what shots. WE are confused! MMQuote: “Keep writing hits and I’ll show you the money.”
Backstage at the Super Dome, the sisters are trying to get ready and work through their nerves. Of course Tina’s nerves are causing her to nitpick at the smallest details, like the way GooGoo sewed the zippers on to Tina’s leggings. The sisters are also taking this time to watch their rehearsal videos and run through their choreographed steps. WE’re worried! MMQuote: “This is Essence. This is the Super Dome. It’s gotta be bigger than life.” Erica and Mitchell are trying to keep Tina on schedule, but first Tina must fit in a prayer. However, Tina still needs to put on her shoes and provide a sound bite for a TV ONE interview. It is time to hustle! MMQuote: “We have to deliver.”
Mary Mary takes the stage to 90,000 urban music loving fans ready to get up out of their seats and dance to some of Mary Mary’s best known songs. The crowd is on their feet loving themselves some Mary Mary! MMQuote: “These fans came ready. It’s like this is what they’ve been waiting for the entire year.” However, a pair of slippery pants seems to be ruining Tina’s performance and flow. MMQuote: “The great thing about Tina is she has the ability to turn a moment like that into comedy because she is very funny.” And with that, Mary Mary continues to give a performance of a lifetime. Once they get off stage, the sisters are ecstatic, exhausted and overcome with emotion. MMQuote: “I was so proud of them. They looked like this is what we do, we belong here. You gave us 30 minutes, we deserve an hour and this performance is going to show you that.” Mary Mary truly has the love and support from the Essence crowd and especially from their family.
Is this the end for Mary Mary? Will Erica record her own solo album? Where do the sisters go from here? WE want to hear from you!
With Essence on the horizon, the family gathers to celebrate a truly important event… Tina’s baby shower! MMQuote: “I’m glad to be having my baby shower since my baby is due in two weeks!” With all the touring and the press around “Go Get It”, Tina has almost completely forgotten about her upcoming due date and the celebration that goes along with it.
Skinny mini Erica has been working like a dog to get into a healthy zone, and she looks amazing! As usual, Erica is on time for Mary Mary’s rehearsal with the fabulous Laurieann Gibson and apparently Tina is still at home and nowhere near the studio. MMQuote: “I can’t do nothing with one half of a unit that I need to get there.” WE also find out that Erica has taken the offer to host How Sweet the Sound and perform solo. MMQuote; “I’m hoping and praying that she takes it well.” Tina arrives and it is down to business. The ladies choreography is a huge change from their normal two step across the stage, and it works. Laurieann must go to another rehearsal, but that doesn’t mean that the rehearsing will stop due to a tardy (but determined) Tina.
Oh, look! It’s Justin and he’s giving Goo a hard time about her busy schedule and her phone activity. So obviously that’s the perfect time to show him a listing on your phone about Atlanta apartments. Is that all you need to do in order to get your boyfriend to stop being annoying? WE are writing that down! MMQuote: “I do love Atlanta and I definitely love him, so I’m thinking about it.” And apparently the best way to get your girlfriend to actually commit to one of those Atlanta listings is to show her a picture of a diamond ring alluding to a proposal. WE are learning so much! But, for real… WE hope Goo gets everything that will make her happy.
Tina and Teddy go to visit Dr. Freedman for a checkup, but when Tina tells him she still has one more performance before giving birth it looks like Dr. Freedman is going to be the one needing a doctor. MMQuote: “You can’t say a bunch of stuff to make him nervous, Dr. Freedman.” No, but I think he can give his medical opinion. Dr. Freedman also urges the couple to have a backup plan should Tina go into labor at Essence. This is serious, Tina!
Erica and Tina meet up with Goo to go over Essence wardrobe, and having been to Essence before WE know how important it is to look good at the festival. It is also important to dress in breathable thin fabrics because it is HOT HOT HOT in NOLA, and being a wet, sweaty mess is not cute. MMQuote: “I’m still on operation get thin, so I am cut in the face but still thick in the waste.” The options Goo has pulled don’t seem to be pleasing the duo. Tina needs sleeves to cover up some areas she is insecure about, and Tina is feeling a bit more urban and funky than the options in front of her. MMQuote: “We don’t have time for another fitting. I have other clients and Justin is in town… visiting.” Tina and Erica have noticed a decline in Goo Goo’s professionalism since she started dating Justin, and need her to get back on track. MMQuote: “We’re working. You get a check to do this. It ain’t right.” The family card has been ripped up, and Mary Mary is speaking now… this is not an Atkins issue. At least Erica agrees to meet with Justin and hear him out.
To continue the confrontations and beef that seem to follow Mary Mary, Warryn meets with Mitch… again. It’s at this moment Mitch realizes he is not just being paranoid about being out of the loop. He didn’t even know Tina wasn’t going to an awards ceremony tonight. MMQuote: “Once again, Mitchell on the bench.” Mitch doesn’t want to be the last one to know, which is pretty understandable since he does manage Mary Mary. At the end of the day, no one’s calendars are jiving regardless of who works for who. And people need to check their cocky attitudes at the door. MMQuote: “That’s the difference between me and you. You can’t say that. I can.” Mitchell is attempting to tread lightly, but this is just a mess.
Goo, Erica and Justin meet up to clear the air, and Erica comes out guns blazing. Justin explains that he got emotional when talking to Mitchell, and he was out of line with the way he acted. MMQuote: “I can’t help but raise a brow and go, ‘What is this?’” Erica’s worries are valid. At least Justin is apologetic, but it still will take time for Erica to be 100% Team Justin. MMQuote: “Tina is one person. One out of nine.”
Erica is attending the awards ceremony solo, and it’s a bit weird getting ready for such an event without Tina. Everyone is dressed to the nines, but Warryn has made his own dress code of head to toe denim and sneakers. That’s the music business for you! Erica, Tina and Warryn are called on stage to be honored, however Mary Mary is a Mary short. MMQuote: “I guess I need to start getting used to doing stuff without Tina.” Erica must tell Tina about her solo opportunity before it gets too late.
Erica has invited Tina over to discuss How Sweet the Sound, and this seems like it will not be a civil conversation. MMQuote: “I will be judging and singing by myself.” At first, Tina’s main concern is if it will conflict with any plans Mary Mary currently has on the books, until she finds out (like Mitchell) she is the last to know. MMQuote: “You went and sealed the deal, took the meat, and sealed the deal without telling me nothing. Why I got to find out on the back end? That ain’t right!” Clearly, when Tina meant “it’s ok to do your own thing” she only meant while she was out of commission. This conversation quickly escalates into an argument, and the Marys start throwing around threats of both going solo. MMQuote: “We are talking about one gig that’s coming, and we are talking about it now.” I think these sisters need to take step back and attempt to hear what each other is really saying, because no one is listening.
Mary Mary finally makes it to New Orleans, but the tension is still palpable from the “solo” conversation they had earlier in the week. But, it’s time to get down to business. A very pregnant Tina is really starting to feel the effects of her pregnancy. MMQuote: “It’s annoying because I don’t like feeling like I’m incapable of doing anything that I want to do to the intensity that I want to do it.” The convention center is BANANAS right now for the Mary Mary meet and greet. MMQuote: “Nobody will be able to tell I’m pregnant because I’m going for blood when I get on that stage.” I officially nickname her Tina the Tiger because her tenacity is insane. Now it’s on to the charity event to perform, and then back to the convention center for the “Sisterhood Panel” with the Braxtons. In true Mary Mary fashion, this is going to be a rush and an extremely tight turnaround. Unfortunately, Mary Mary needs to walk out of their performance in order to make sure they make the “Sisterhood Panel” at Essence. MMQuote: “I don’t like being in this type of situation. It’s frustrating.” Mary Mary and Co. don’t even know if they will make it even with their police escort.
Can the sisters get through one performance without getting into an argument? Will the tardiness cost them their full performance at Essence Music Festival? WE want to hear from you!
First off, can we have Donatello appear in our kitchen everyone morning to cook us breakfast? And he also plays with your pets? Where can we sign up? T&VQuote: “Miracle… can you please stop sweating him?” But we don’t know what to “aww” at more… Miracle playing with Tamar or poor Donatello when he realized Vince can’t have turkey. Thankfully, Tamar and Vince realize there is a learning curve and they are soon on to arguing about how many slices of tomatoes Vince can have. T&VQuote: “I’m just trying to keep my husband from winding up in the hospital again or worse. Is that so bad?” Tomatoes soon lead to booze, which is apparently something Tamar has been thoroughly enjoying lately. This couple can’t even get through breakfast without an argument, so how are they going to give relationship advice at Essence? However, Tamar feels like her superfans will most likely just blame it all on Vince. T&VQuote: “I have Tamartians, Vince.” T&VQuote: “I don’t know the Tamartians. I just know The Tamar, she, me, her… I don’t know who she is. I don’t know who the martians are. Hope they never come to my door cuz I’ll be scared and nervous and confused.”
Tamar and Vince head over to the studio to meet up with Harvey and get a taste of the single, “Get Your Life”. T&VQuote: “You know, I can’t even think of a word to describe how HOT my music is. I’m gonna have to make up a whole new language to describe it.” Tamar is “straight snappin’” and everyone in the studio is definitely a huge fan of the song. Tamar wants this single to debut ASAP, but Vince wants to make sure the timing is right. T&VQuote: “It’s very typical for artists to want to get their work out as fast as possible, but I want to take my time and make sure we do the right thing.” Tamar wants a younger person’s opinion, so Damon goes to get his 14 year old daughter, Shawnna. T&VQuote: “If she doesn’t like it, then it’s not hot.” Shawnna looks like she loves the song and wants to drop it like it’s hot along with Tamar. T&VQuote: “It’s something I can dance to.” Apparently, Tamar feels the same way because she says she almost knocked her hair piece off while getting down. T&VQuote: “Pump your brakes. We got you… dot com.”
Before leaving for Essence, Tamar and Vince stop off to get a status on her “Get Your Life” and “.com” shirts she will be selling in New Orleans. T&VQuote: “That’s what my Tamartian friends say the most. I mean every day, somebody needs to get their life!” Tamar and Vince carefully select placement of the graphics on the tshirt guru’s chest with a 12 inch ruler, discuss ink colors, and to bling or not to bling. T&VQuotes: “My shirts are gonna be the shit.”
Hellooooo Nawlins and the Essence Music Festival! T&VQuote: “For real, I’m excited to see my Tamartian friends.” Essence is PACKED with Tamar and Vince Fans, and the WE tv booth is insane. You even see our giveaway winners planking with the couple. WE can tell you firsthand how crazy it was since we were down in New Orleans with the rest of the WE tv family during the event. And we were there when Tamar got a few tummy rumbles and needed to run to the bathroom. It was MAYHEM. T&VQuote: “What if I shart on stage!? She pooped herself.org!” With the agonizing moans coming from the green room, WE knew Tamar needed to take care of business. T&VQuote: “#1 I have to pee like Seabiscuit. #2 I feel like I have the Hershey squirts.” But Tamar ran to the bathroom in those six inch Giuseppes like a pro! WE would have fallen flat on our faces. T&VQuote: “Sometimes you gotta hold your little poop.” Luckily, Tamar makes it back in time to discuss relationships and marriage. Tamar and Vince truly love each other, and can share the importance of being friends, as well as husband and wife. And trust, Tamar does not let Vince forget for one second that he had a girlfriend when she was feeling him… and that he was in the “process” of breaking up with her. T&VQuote: “I broke up with the young lady, fell in love with Tamar, and here’s Miracle.”
The line was INSANE at Garb Boutique on Magazine Street, but would you expect anything different from Tamar’s loyal Tamartians? But what was truly a site was LaShawn selling Tamar’s tshirt like it was his job. T&VQuote: “You would never think he sold 200 million albums, and got two Grammys, and is one of the biggest and hottest song writers in the world.” LaShawn and Vince are from New Jersey, which according to LaShawn is the home of the hustler… so that explains it! T&VQuote: “Was I sweating? YES! Were my Louis Vuitton sneakers finished? YES!”
It’s now Day 2 at EMF, and Tamar and Vince are fresh off another fight. T&VQuote: “So today, she is just going to sit, and be pretty, and gorgeous, and smile.” But, it’s only a matter of time until the conversation turns from fried chicken to Vince’s whereabouts the night before. T&VQuote: “I was there watching TV, and Tamar was snoring.” After Vince walks away from the conversation, he gets on stage at the WE tv Q&A solo leaving Tamar alone in the green room. T&VQuote: “I’m gonna have this Q&A, but when we get home I’m gonna check that ass, boo.”
Vince and Tamar go out to dinner with April and LaShawn post EMF and post argument. As the couples rehash the occurrences of the trip, Tamar’s memory seems a bit fuzzy. She can’t remember April stepping in mud, April complaining about stepping in mud, or getting a late night snack. But WE must side with Tamar… after a few Voodoos and Hurricanes, you will spend your night pleasantly blacked out!
Tamar and Vince arrive back in L.A., and are quick to hit up the studio with Damon again to rework a verse in Tamar’s single, “Get Your Life”. T&VQuote: “I haven’t listened to it in a few days, and I’m not feeling it at all!” Tamar reworks a verse and changes the tempo, but that is still not cutting it. SHE is not happy. Tamar feels like it all seems a bit forced, but she is willing to step back for a bit, let Damon work his magic, and listen to it later on.
Back at Casa Herbert, Miracle is in hot water when Tamar notices all the little treats he has been leaving all over the carpet. T&VQuote: “I know who the real poop culprit is.” Vince tries his best to convince Tamar this is an isolated incident, and that Toni’s dog, Bentley has been the culprit in instances past. She’s not buying it. As the two sit down to eat, Tamar notices Vince is in visible pain. Vince woke up with a pain in his back, and Tamar thinks it is best to go to the hospital and get him checked out. T&VQuote: “It is not on my schedule to lose my man today.”